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Sacred Geographies: India and the United States

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Fri, Apr 18, 2014

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Fri, Apr 18, 2014

A conversation with Diana Eck

Diana EckFredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society at Harvard University, invites Harvard alumni and friends to join her in a conversation about India: A Sacred Geography. Eck’s book explores the sacred places of India, taking the reader on an extraordinary trip through the beliefs and history of this rich and profound place, as well as providing a basic introduction to Hindu religious ideas and how those ideas influence our understanding of the modern sense of “India” as a nation. Additionally, she will address the Pluralism Project, which explores and interprets the religious dimensions of America’s new immigration; the growth of Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, and Zoroastrian communities in the United States.

By invitation only. 


Globalization and Sustainability of Bangladesh Garment Industry

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Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 08:00am

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Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 06:00pm

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CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

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CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Bangladesh Development Conference 2014 

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The objective of this year’s conference is to explore the linkages among development, garment sector and health and safety issues in Bangladesh.  It will highlight the actors and factors that impinge on this linkage at national and global levels. The deliberation will explore how the development partners can more effectively facilitate and assist in solving the key problems for sustaining the competitiveness of Bangladesh garment industry. How to enhance the role international community and of industry experts for practical solutions will come up for discussion.

The seminar is bringing together experts, industry people, NGO representatives and practitioners from development agencies and high level policy makers from Bangladesh and the USA. Participants will include representatives from Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), other manufacturers, international brands and retailers, workers rights groups, international labor organizations, United Nations Agencies, and representatives from international financial institutions.

The organizing committee invites you to attend this seminar and to participate in the discussion dealing with aspects of the global economy, garment industry, trade and development in the context of Bangladesh garments and apparel industry and the role of international community and development partners.

The day-long seminar is cosponsored with the Harvard Center for Environment (HUCE) and Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.

Schedule:

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM  Registration & Breakfast
7:45 AM – 8:00 AM  Welcome Addresses
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Session 1: State of Bangladesh Garment Industry
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Session 2: Globalization and Labor Standards
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM  Session 3: Trade and Investment Cooperation – Worker rights and Safety
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM   Lunch Break
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM  Session 4: Working Condition, Fire and Building Safety Challenges
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM  Session 5: Responsible and Sustainable Sourcing
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM   Session 6: The Role of International Development Partners
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Concluding session

For further information, please contact:
Mohammed Iqbal Yousuf, Coordinator
Tel. 617-416-9036
E-mail:  mohammed_yousuf@dfci.harvard.edu

Register here.

Please note: This event is free and open to the public.


Poverty and Development in South Asia

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Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 05:00pm

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Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 06:30pm

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Charles Hotel

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Charles Hotel
1 Bennett St
Cambridge, MA 02138

SAI Mahindra Lecture

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Founder and Chairperson of BRAC

Introduction: Martha ChenLecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; International Coordinator of the global research-policy-action network Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing

Sir Fazle was born in 1936 in Bangladesh. He was educated both at Dhaka and Glasgow universities. He was a professional accountant in his thirties, working as a senior corporate executive at Shell Oil, when the 1971 Liberation War had a profound effect on him, dramatically changing the direction of his life. He left his job, moved to London and devoted himself to Bangladesh’s war of independence. There, he helped initiate a fundraising and awareness campaign called Help Bangladesh.

When the war was over, he returned to the newly independent Bangladesh, finding the economy in ruins. Millions of refugees, who had sought shelter in India during the war, started returning to the country and their relief and rehabilitation called for urgent efforts. It was then that he established BRAC to rehabilitate the returning refugees in a remote area in north-eastern Bangladesh. He directed his policy towards helping the poor develop their capacity to better manage their lives. Thus, BRAC’s primary objectives emerged as alleviation of poverty and empowerment of the poor. Under his leadership, in the span of only four decades, BRAC grew to become the largest development organisation in the world in terms of the scale and diversity of its interventions.

Reception to follow.

More information here.


Harvard India Conference

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Sat, Feb 15, 2014

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Sun, Feb 16, 2014

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Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School

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Harvard Business School
100 Western Ave.
Boston, MA 02163

Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Join us at the 12th edition of the India Conference at Harvard to exchange powerful ideas, kindle new partnerships, question the status-quo and push your peers and yourself to shape your idea of what India in the 21st century stands for. The theme of this year’s conference is India, Turning the Page: Prospects and Paradoxes and speakers include Pawan Munjal, CEO of Hero Corp; Gen V.K. Singh, Former Chief of the Indian Army; Barkha Dutt, Group Editor, NDTV; Aruna Roy, Political and Social Activist; Ambassador Shyam Saran, Bollywood Director Shakun Batra and many more. Panel topics cover a wide range of interests such as Tourism and Hospitality, Global Implications of Indian politics, the LGBT rights movement, Women interaction in the corporate world and the Future of impact investing in India, among others.


Building World-Class Education: What Lessons Does Harvard Offer?

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Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 06:00pm

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Thu, Jan 16, 2014

The Harvard Club of Mumbai, the Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI), the Harvard Business School India Research Center, and the Harvard Alumni Association is hosting Harvard alumni in Mumbai, India, for a reception and remarks on “Building World-Class Education: What Lessons Does Harvard Offer?” Participants include:

Jacqueline Bhabha, Director of Research, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights; Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health; the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School; Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Ashish Nanda, Robert Braucher Professor of Practice, Faculty Director of Executive Education, and Research Director at the Program on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School; Director, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

Registration and High Tea – 6:00 PM; Speaking Program – 7:00 PM
Taj Lands End Hotel – The Classroom (located on Level 2)
Band Stand, Bandra (West), Mumbai 400 050
Maharashtra, India

For questions about this event, please email hcmumbai@post.harvard.edu.

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South Asia Regionalism: Workshops on Shared Challenges, and the Way Forward

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Thu, Apr 24, 2014

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Fri, Apr 25, 2014

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Charles Hotel

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Charles Hotel
1 Bennett St
Cambridge, MA 02138

SAI Annual Symposium

As part of its Annual Symposium, SAI is hosting a series of workshops on April 24 and 25 to highlight ongoing faculty research projects supported by SAI.

Thursday, April 24, 2014:

Mobile Technology, 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Disasters and Mental Health, 11:15 am – 1:45 pm

The Contemporary South Asian City, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Friday, April 25, 2014

From SAARC to Slums: Urban Water Challenges in South Asia, 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Religion and Secularism, 11:15 am – 1:15 pm

Informal Workers, Enterprises, and Cities: Addressing Informality in South Asia, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

 

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The Evolution of Indian Cinema

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Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 05:00pm

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Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 06:30pm

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Science Center Hall E

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Science Center Hall E
1 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA

Harvard South Asia Institute Special Event

Anuja Jain, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, Columbia University

Mukti Khaire, Associate Professor at Harvard Business School

Vikramaditya Khanna, Bruce W. Nichols Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Moderator: Erum Sattar, SJD Candidate, Harvard Law School